A cycling duo from Malvern have set a course record at a race in Scotland.

Xavier Disley, 39, and Jessica Rhodes-Jones, 33, smashed previous records at Etape Caledonia 2024 on Sunday (May 12).

Disley managed to shave 17 minutes and 35 seconds off the previous 55-mile men's course record, finishing in two hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds.


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Rhodes-Jones also impressed by knocking a colossal 53 minutes and eight seconds off the fastest female time, matching Disley's time exactly.

The pair joined thousands of cycling fans who travelled from across the UK to take part in the Scottish Highlands event.

The sportive was organised by new owners, Motiv Sports UK, which welcomed over 3,000 cyclists to Pitlochry to take on the annual challenge.

Disley is the founder of AeroCoach, which specialises in optimising aerodynamics for cycling, triathlon and product design, having previously worked with winners of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Olympic champions, UCI World and National champions and Ironman World champions.

Rhodes-Jones works alongside Disley as the finance director of the business.

The riders set off at 6.30am, starting at Atholl Road in Pitlochry, with the choice of covering a 40-mile, 55-mile or 85-mile routes.

Jo Dytch, Event Director, said: "We're delighted to have welcomed so many cyclists to the event this year with many new faces amongst the throng of cyclists who love coming back year on year.

"Etape Caledonia is truly a one of a kind cycling sportive.

"It is a rite of passage for road cyclists right across the UK who love the experience of cycling on closed roads among such dramatic scenery."

She added: "Taking part in a sportive of this scale, in stunning surroundings and on peaceful closed roads is a tremendous experience.

"My congratulations go to everyone who has embraced the physical challenge and completed the course.

"I’d also like to thank the local community of Highland Perthshire who came out in their droves to support the cyclists and offer a warm Scottish welcome.

"We are already looking forward to the next edition which takes place on May 11 2025.”